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This Week on HelloGiggles

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This week on HelloGiggles I wrote about Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer’s new novel that marks her foray into YA. I really loved it, and not just because I always love books about boarding school (although that’s true). It was a dreamy feeling book that really puts you in a different world for awhile. Meg Wolitzer herself favorited one of my tweets about the article, which made me remember that she is a real person. For some reason I tend to think of “adult” authors as people who live in a different universe, one in which they are unable to read my tweets.

In conclusion, Meg Wolitzer is a real person and you should read Belzhar, especially if you are a Sylvia Plath fangirl (but even if you’re not).

This Week on HelloGiggles

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This week on HelloGiggles, I gave some of my personal suggestions for those of you who are new to YA. People ask me for reading recommendations a lot, and these are some of my faves for those of us who don’t exactly put the young in young adult. You can check out my picks on HelloGiggles! And, as always, if you have any suggestions for future columns, please send me an email at

This Week on HelloGiggles

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This week on HelloGiggles, I wrote about a topic near and dear to my heart: the Baby-Sitters Club. Fortunately or unfortunately, I remember juuuuust about every detail from that series, so I recapped some of the most important lessons I learned from the BSC. Like that ghosts are everywhere. And Cokie Mason sucks. You can check it out on HelloGiggles!

PS: I really do love it when people send me suggestions for books or topics to cover in my column! If you have any ideas, you can send me an email at

My Interview With Stephanie Perkins

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If you’re a YA fan (or a fan of contemporary romantic YA especially), then you know Stephanie Perkins. She’s pretty much the gold standard when it comes to romance. The first time I read Anna and the French Kiss, it was like a lightbulb moment for me–like, Oh, you can do this? Just make a book about romance and kissing and love and make it smart and funny and awesome? Well, Stephanie Perkins can. Her books are the YA equivalent of your favorite romcoms, and her newest book, Isla and the Happily Ever After, is superb.

So of course I was honored and thrilled to get the chance to interview her for HelloGiggles. She said so many smart things, like:

“I like to remind aspiring writers that people like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens didn’t take any creative writing classes. They learned how to write by studying those who came before them. Books are incredible teachers.”

So great, right? You can read the whole interview on HelloGiggles.